H. George Frantz

MENOMINEE – H. George Frantz began his life in Eternity with God and his loved ones on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He was born in Menominee on Nov. 21, 1922, the eighth child of the late William and Anna Frantz.

George was a 1940 graduate of Menominee High School and a 1950 graduate of Northern Michigan University receiving his degree in Biology/Education and a Masters degree in Science. He earned his second Masters degree from University of Michigan in Administration. Before entering college, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, serving for nearly four years in the Pacific Theatre under Admiral Niemitz aboard the LST 760. His service took him to the Philippines, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Manila, and Japan.

Following his discharge and college graduation, on August 19, 1950, he married the late Audrey Blanchette whom he had met at the NMU Neuman Club.

He taught in Hermansville, Gaylord, Ravenna and North Muskegon before moving to Escanaba. He retired from teaching Biology/Science in 1982 after 33 years.

At Escanaba he always proclaimed, “I had the best students.” For several years his students won the Mead Essay Contest. As adults, many approached him and said, “You were my favorite teacher.” He approached teaching as he did life, with determination to give his best with wit and a sense of humor whenever possible. He was renowned for his mastery of the pun.

Retirement gave him the time he loved to spend gardening, reading and loving the birds and wildlife around his home. He also especially enjoyed singing from youth throughout his lifetime. He was a charter member of St. Anne’s Choir and participated for 47 years.

George was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Serra Club, and was involved with the Cursillo movement.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Marlene (Walt) Adams of Marinette; five grandchildren, Benjamen (Ginger) Adams of Sheboygan, Wis., Joshua (Susan) Adams of Marinette, Michael of Dickinson, N.D., Rachel and Rebecca of Marinette; and five great grandchildren, Nathan, Jacob, Hannah, Luke and Carrie.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey, and nine brothers and sisters.

Our thanks to the staff at Menominee Care Center and the Luther Home for their loving care. You became our extended family and we truly appreciate your efforts. Visitation will be on Monday, July 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba.

The Delta County Veterans Council will have military rites at 5 p.m. Parish prayers will conclude visitation hours at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will follow the funeral mass in the church hall.Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Holy Cross Cemetery.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Frantz family with arrangements.